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A Veiled Deception (A Vintage Magic Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – January 6, 2009
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Annette Blair's A VEILED DECEPTION is a humorous, light magical feel good story. Maddie's return home elicits the bittersweetness of one's hometown as both good and bad memories are both never too far away. The power plays between Maddie and her friends make the opening chapters fun and endear the reader to both Maddie and her sister. The isolated scenes of Maddie's vision of the gown's past and the ghost itself are a few of the emotional highlights in this mystery. As the tale develops, however, A VEILED DECEPTION loses focus from those parts that give this book its most power and charm. The mystery itself is a bit too easily solved and the reader guesses the connections a bit too quickly despite the clever twist at the end. The mystery becomes more of a subplot for Maddie's self-discovery, a discovery that feels self-indulgement and a bit too self-centered.Read more ›
Perhaps as another reviewer noted there is a little too much romance for mystery readers--but I always like my cozies with a little romance in them and this certainly qualifies as Romantic Suspense.
I loved the paranormal elements and I thought Blair did a great job setting up the series, while still not losing control of the story as she introduced a lot of characters.
I especially love the 103 year old woman and her ghostly lover--what a delight and I can't wait to read more about them.
I also sense a Stephanie Plumesque choice between the solid if sometimes dorky Werner and the ooh la la Nick. Although I have a feeling that there is a lot more to Nick then just his libido.
I loved it when Madeira apologized to Lytton Warner for dubbing him "Little Weiner" in elementary school. He acknowledged that the nickname made him tough (he got in a lot of fights) and may have influenced his becoming a star football player and cop--but I can understand his grudgingly not quite accepting her apology.
The deep backgrounds and long history of these characters add depth to the story and the relationships.
As for the paranormal elements, I lost my Mother last May and the final ghost at the wedding did make me shed a few tears. If only all of us could have that kind of closure--but it made for a great ending.
I also loved the gorgeous cover with the foil accents, I can hardly wait to read the next one in the series.
Maddie goes to see the wedding dress Sherry's mother-in-law expects her to wear only to find Jasmine choked to death by a veil. Sherry is the number one and only suspect; she does not help herself as she refuses to provide an alibi. Maddie has visions of another woman wearing the same dress and concludes her visions are related to the Jasmine homicide, but has no idea how. She investigates Sherry's in-laws especially their past since the dress belonged to Justin's mother to understand what she saw and hopes to apply it to identify the killer.
Annette Blair, renowned for her sensational bewitching romantic fantasies provides a new series filled with humor, the paranormal, two related mysteries, and of course romance. The protagonist is a beguiling intelligent free spirit who prefers a laughter and lay back lifestyle, but knows when the situation calls for a serious spin. She is glue that not only holds A VEILED DECEPTION together but turns the tale into an outstanding read.
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Great read. I couldn't put it down. Bread it in one day while traveling. I love the twists and turns and couldn't wait to see what happened.Published 2 months ago by Jclark
I absolutely loved this book. I didn't want it to end. I can't wait to read the rest in this series. A great way to start a series.Published 2 months ago by Brian T. Frauenknecht
Fun read - with all that is going on, ridiculous is a welcome distraction.Published 5 months ago by Dorothy W Cutting
I give one star to books I return after wasting time reading the first few chapters. This series had promise--a great setting (Mystic, CT); but the author barely describes it,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Codeedo
A great book, a great read. I really enjoyed this book. I look forward to reading more of Annette Blair's books.Published 19 months ago by By Alice Hoffman
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a varied cast of characters all likeable. I like that the family members all get along, I love the word play among all the characters. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Debb23
A wonderful and relaxing paranormal cozy mystery with fascinating characters and a nifty plot that will hold your interest. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bettylouise
Okay but easy to put down and not as good as the Scoundrel seriesPublished 24 months ago by Kindle Customer
I'm a huge fan of Annette Blair! I've read several of her books about witches, which were truly fun reads. Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by Teresa Kander